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Calendar of Events

Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation

Despite Ann Arbor's "four seasons a day" weather, its numerous parks and sports venues provide ample opportunity to work up a sweat, or just get out and about. The Calendar covers them all.





 
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Monday


March 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; dances this month are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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Tuesday


March 2013
 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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Wednesday


March 2013
 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Mar. 6 & 27) & Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Mar. 13 & 20). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Friday


March 2013
 4:30-5:45 p.m. 

Drop-In Ringette: Buhr Park Arena/Ann Arbor Ringette.

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Ringette Drop-in is happening at Buhr Park Arena starting in January!
Drop-in dates/times are as follows:
Friday, January 25, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, February 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 8, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 22, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 29, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
FULL HOCKEY/RINGETTE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! We should have a few Ringette sticks available but bring one if you have one. A hockey shaft with no blade would work (but isn't ideal). This is an all ages drop-in for both girls/women and boys/men. The cost will be $6 for adults and $5 for kids.
There will be no formal instruction at these drop-in sessions. Ann Arbor Ringette will be there to go over rules for new people and to make sure players understand how to play, answer questions, etc. You can always join Ann Arbor Ringette if you want more instruction.
Questions? Email info@aaringette.org
What is Ringette you ask? Find out here: http://youtu.be/6qsSys5mkec
Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard. $5 Kids / $6 Adults. info@aaringette.org www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Arbor-Ringette/252681781457730 [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Pirate Swing": Swing Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 8-10. 3 nights of swing dancing to live music by sought-after lindy hop pianist Gordon Webster and vocalist Naomi Uyama (Mar. 8 & 9) and to recorded music spun by a DJ (Mar. 10). For experienced swing dancers. Pirate costumes encouraged. Dances are preceded each day by swing workshops.
9 p.m.-midnight (Mar. 8 & 9) & 8 p.m.-late evening (Mar. 10); 4531 Concourse Dr. (Mar. 8), off S. State across from the airport; Michigan Union Ballroom (Mar. 9); Pittsfield Grange (Mar. 10), 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $25 (Mar. 8 & 9) & $3 suggested donation (Mar. 10). pirateswing.com. [map]
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Saturday


March 2013
 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Mar. 9 & 16. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Mar. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Mar. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.

Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.

Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.

Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.

Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.

Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.

Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.

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Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing.

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Balkan and Israeli dancing to live music by the Ethnic Connection.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Sharon Hollow String Band.

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Don Theyken calls contras to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. Also, some waltz and swing. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner session.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829. [map]
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 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Pirate Swing": Swing Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 8-10. 3 nights of swing dancing to live music by sought-after lindy hop pianist Gordon Webster and vocalist Naomi Uyama (Mar. 8 & 9) and to recorded music spun by a DJ (Mar. 10). For experienced swing dancers. Pirate costumes encouraged. Dances are preceded each day by swing workshops.
9 p.m.-midnight (Mar. 8 & 9) & 8 p.m.-late evening (Mar. 10); 4531 Concourse Dr. (Mar. 8), off S. State across from the airport; Michigan Union Ballroom (Mar. 9); Pittsfield Grange (Mar. 10), 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $25 (Mar. 8 & 9) & $3 suggested donation (Mar. 10). pirateswing.com. [map]
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Sunday


March 2013
 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a very relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. hac_ultimate@ameritech.net, 846-9418.
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Mar. 10, 23, & 30. Hikes led by naturalist Faye Stoner. Mar. 10 (2-4 p.m.): "Green Things in Late Winter" (Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner). Dress warmly. Mar. 23 (7:30-9:30 p.m.): "Almost the Worm Moon" (Park Lyndon, north parking lot, North Territorial Rd., 15 miles west of US-23, Dexter), a night walk through wetlands, followed by hot drinks around a fire. Dress warmly. Mar. 30 (9-11 a.m.): "Dabblers and Divers: Migrating Waterfowl" (Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp.). A slide presentation on ducks, geese, grebes, and loons, followed by a hike to view them on the lake. Bring binoculars if you can.
Various times & locations. Free. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 8 p.m.-late evening 

"Pirate Swing": Swing Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 8-10. 3 nights of swing dancing to live music by sought-after lindy hop pianist Gordon Webster and vocalist Naomi Uyama (Mar. 8 & 9) and to recorded music spun by a DJ (Mar. 10). For experienced swing dancers. Pirate costumes encouraged. Dances are preceded each day by swing workshops.
9 p.m.-midnight (Mar. 8 & 9) & 8 p.m.-late evening (Mar. 10); 4531 Concourse Dr. (Mar. 8), off S. State across from the airport; Michigan Union Ballroom (Mar. 9); Pittsfield Grange (Mar. 10), 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $25 (Mar. 8 & 9) & $3 suggested donation (Mar. 10). pirateswing.com. [map]
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